"High intensity interval training," he explained, "is highly effective for burning calories and building cardiovascular strength. It's one of the best forms of fat burning exercise you can do." For most of us who work out, burning fat is a big part of the end goal. Training that involves increasing the intensity of activity (going all out), even for short bursts of time, gives us the results we want.
Then I got to thinking. What if operating with the highest level of intensity possible, for short periods of time, could help us reach our personal goals?
Let's talk about intensity and what it means. Intensity, to me means, full power. It's going all in, leaving nothing the table. You're giving 100% of what you are capable of.
I wouldn't use the word intensity to describe my current approach to goal achievement. I'm more of a slow and steady person. There's nothing wrong with that. Unless, I wanted to experience results much, much, sooner. What if, instead of taking a few, small actions a day, I operated in short bursts of focused high intensity?
Just like in fitness, my "success muscles" would strengthen. I'd eventually become accustomed to operating at a high level. Soon, even my low intensity threshold would rise. Let's say one of my goals is to start a new business. Instead of piddling around and inching towards my goal, I'd set a timer and dedicate 30, 60 or 90 minutes to getting as much accomplished as possible. When I finished, I'd take a break & do other stuff. Then I set aside another chunk of time to go all out. High intensity could also mean increasing the amount of output you are currently producing. For example, if you now invest $100 a month to market your business, changing the budget to $500 is increasing the intensity.
Another approach is to set aside a week of intensity a la the 7 day challenge. Give yourself a week to accomplish something great like writing your book, launching your site or producing a prototype for your product. Work at full speed to ensure your goal is accomplished in 7 days. Aim for completion, not perfection. Perfection slows you down. Intensity propels you forward.
With high intensity training, you're not expected to run at full speed the entire time. You're supposed to slow down and regain strength to do it all over again. Keep in mind, YOU'RE SUPPOSED TO SLOW DOWN DURING THE 'REST PERIOD, NOT STOP!
Take a moment to reflect on your goals. Are you operating at high intensity, low intensity or have you stopped?